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Meet Hope at the Natural History Museum

In one of London's landmark buildings, encounter Hope, the giant skeleton of a blue whale that replaced Dippy the dinosaur in July 2017. Suspended from the ceiling, it takes centre stage in the Hintze Hall, giving you the opportunity to walk beneath it.

Other highlights of this spectacular museum in South Kensington include dinosaur fossils, stunning images of nature in all its glory and the hundreds of specimens on display at the Darwin Centre. What's more, you can see it all for free.

Window shop in Knightsbridge

From the museum, you're a short walk away from one of the country's finest shopping areas.

The most famous store in Knightsbridge is of course Harrods, and even if you don't buy anything it's an awesome place to look round. Be sure to allow enough time though - there's more than 300 departments across eight floors to cover. Other flagship stores in the area include Harvey Nics, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Burberry.

Sing and swing at the Royal Albert Hall

Music lovers can tap their toes during a concert at this iconic red brick venue, which hosts everything from pop and rock to jazz and the world-famous Proms. Many of the events are surprisingly affordable, and some performances are even free.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near the Natural History Museum? Both Travelodge London Fulham Hotel and Travelodge London Central Marylebone Hotel are less than 2 miles away, and very handy for a host of the capital's other major attractions.